Norse God: Balder

The Norse Gods may be a concept of pagan myth but their influence affects the world we live in today. For example, the seven days of the week are named after these gods and the ideals that they are said to have believed in:

  • Monday - Moon's Day 
  • Tuesday - Tyr's Day
  • Wednesday - Woden's Day (Anglicised into Odin)
  • Thursday - Thor's Day
  • Friday - Freyja's Day
  • Saturday - Saturn's Day
  • Sunday - Sun's Day
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Balder is the son of Odin and Frigg, the god of light, purity, joy, innocence, beauty and happiness. Everyone loved Balder, and even though he was the weakest of gods, he was wise, friendly and fair to all who approached him and he literally glowed with beauty. He had been having reoccurring dreams about his own death so Frigg made every creature, object and force of nature swear on oath that no harm would ever come to him, they all agreed...

The other gods amused themselves by testing Balder's supposed invincibility with weapons and magic. However, the evil god Loki realised that mistletoe was his one weakness and tricked Balder's blind brother Hod into throwing a mistletoe dart at Balder, killing him instantly. Odin sent his other son Hermod to speak with Hel, the goddess of death and plead for Balder's return. She agreed on one condition, that everyone and everything must weep for Balder. All wept, except for the witch Thokk who was actually Loki in disguise and Balder failed to return from the dead. Vali punished Loki, tying him to a rock and dripping snake poison into his mouth. Balder is said to rise again after Ragnarok, along with his brother Hod who had been put to death for the crime that he did not intend to commit.